February 28th, 2005 - At the Peace Palace Library in The Hague, OCLC PICA migrated the LBS3 to a full LBS4 in one go for the first time and did so in the shortest implementation period so far. Because this LBS4 runs in a Citrix environment, this is a special achievement. But most important: the library is satisfied with the results.
In December 2004 the Peace Palace Library in The Hague, the Netherlands, migrated from the existing LBS3 to LBS4. Because all prior migrations had been done in phases, this library was the first to take the complete LBS4 into production at once: the basic package including the OPAC, the Circulation Control Module and the Acquisition Module. Not even two months after the start, the final implementation was accepted - faster than ever before.
A special challenge for the OCLC PICA implementation team was that the Peace Palace offers its computer services in a Citrix infrastructure. This means that the team had to implement the LBS4 in this Citrix network as well, instead of running the LBS client on its own server as usual. But the team was successful in doing so, which is good since probably in future LBS4 will be running in a Citrix environment more often.
After two months of working with LBS4, Jeroen Vervliet, director librarian of the Peace Palace, is satisfied: "The migration went quite smoothly. Of course one hopes for a 1-to-1 transfer and does not want to lose anything. But here and there I did notice some things. This is also because we were stuck in certain habits, especially since we have always been trying to get our old library routines automated. Now we see that the record is the starting point of the standard routine instead of the procedure. That takes some readjusting, especially when it comes to circulation. Also we could not help finding some imperfections that, as their partners, we immediately tackled together with OCLC PICA. The last creases will be ironed out soon. All in all I am satisfied with the migration."
Vervliet is also clear about the decision for migrating to LBS4: "For us the migration to LBS4 was necessary for two reasons. First of all the Alpha server was at the end of its life cycle and secondly we wanted more traffic to our catalogue via the digital library, that is seen as a worldwide reference for international law literature research. This meant we needed a more robust system environment. Of course we checked out different library management systems as well, but the concerted action between our library and LBS3, so probably also LBS4, was important to us. And then I also am talking about the system familiarity of our employees on the one hand, and about the interwoven architecture of our digital library with the OCLC PICA LBS system on the other hand."
For some time now the Peace Palace Library has been working with the link resolver Plinklet. Depending on the page from which one clicks it, Plinklet gets a list of all relevant links available using OpenURL, so the user can click through to the full text, to more books and articles on the same subject, or to a web search engine to find more useful information on the author, book, etc.
The Library of the Peace Palace has one of the world's largest collections in the field of international law, public and private law, and foreign national law, as well as an extensive collection on international political and diplomatic history and the history of peace movements. Also, it houses the Grotius Collection, the collection on the important 17th century Dutchman Hugo de Groot, founder of the science of international law. More information is available at www.ppl.nl.